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contradicted mr. williams testimony. no one. the violation of this condition is sufficient grounds for you to deny the project in its entirety. if we think it's okay to give a wink and a nod developers who ignore planning commission requirements especially ones who speak to neighborhood concerns, then efr developer is going to ignore these requirements. having said this, the -- marsh nonetheless -- condition k requires to stop construction at 4:00 p.m. monday through friday. mr. rut acres stated to miss brian that he believes the marsh is not active. this is probably why he addressed the merchants association over the holidays and asked them to write a letter in support of the 6:00 p.m. stop of the construction work. by e-mail of january 1st, wrote to miss wise man and said we have written the developer and let him know that we could not support his request. even the exterior hours. that's a 50-hour workweek. university employees are going to be working longer than that. i forgot, the developer hasn't made a former commitment to hire union labor. in any case he's entitle to a 9-hour workda
these legal gifts and loans. however, i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. >> woodruff: mcdonnell first gained national attention for his 18-point victory in virginia's 2009 gubernatorial campaign. months later he delivered the republican response to the president's state of the union address. >> today, the federal government is simply trying to do too much. >> woodruff: his political stock rose even higher in 2012 when he found himself on mitt romney's short list for a vice presidential running mate. now mcdonnell's focus is solely on his legal battle with an arraignment scheduled for friday. we take a closer look at the charges against mcdonnell with rosalind helderman. she's been covering the story for the "washington post." thank you for joining us. r organize s helderman, tell us exactly what are the kinds of charges the government has leveled against the former governor and his wife. >> it's a very extensive indictment. it's 14 counts in all against both the governor and hi
mr. williams stated at the last hearing. he was required, notten encouraged, required to appoint in writing a community liaison office prior to issuance of the permit before the issuance of the permit. so before. appointing himself after permit issuance is insufficient for the developer to remedy this violation. the whole point on that condition to encourage neighbors within the mark which he also didn't do was to begin before permit issuance. no one contradicted mr. williams testimony. no one. the violation of this condition is sufficient grounds for you to deny the project in its entirety. if we think it's okay to give a wink and a nod developers who ignore planning commission requirements especially ones who speak to neighborhood concerns, then efr developer is going to ignore these requirements. having said this, the -- marsh nonetheless -- condition k requires to stop construction at 4:00 p.m. monday through friday. mr. rut acres stated to miss brian that he believes the marsh is not active. this is probably why he addressed the merchants association over the holidays and as
scientific. while i deeply regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. i have apologized for my poor judgment and i accept full responsibility for accepting these legal gifts and loans. however, i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or from my administration. no contract, loan, grant, funding, legislation, budget appropriation, regulation, border commission assignment, or any other official state benefit. i never promised or attempted to influence anyone to give mr. williams or his company any official state benefits. i did not try to hide or deceive anyone about my friendship with mr. williams. two independent and nonpolitical investigations have confirmed that mr. williams and star scientific received nothing from the state. and not one penny of taxpayer money went to him or to star scientif
. while i deeply regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. i have apologized for my poor judgment and i accept full responsibility for accepting these legal gifts and loans. however, i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or from my administration. no contract, loan, grant, funding, legislation, budget appropriation, regulation, border commission assignment, or any other official state benefit. i never promised or attempted to influence anyone to give mr. williams or his company any official state benefits. i did not try to hide or deceive anyone about my friendship with mr. williams. two independent and nonpolitical investigations have confirmed that mr. williams and star scientific received nothing from the state. and not one penny of taxpayer money went to him or to star scientific du
these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. i have apologized for my poor judgment and i accept full responsibility for accepting these legal gifts and loans. however, i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or from my administration. no contract, loan, grant, funding, legislation, budget appropriation, regulation, border commission assignment, or any other official state benefit. i never promised or attempted to influence anyone to give mr. williams or his company any official state benefits. i did not try to hide or deceive anyone about my friendship with mr. williams. two independent and nonpolitical investigations have confirmed that mr. williams and star scientific received nothing from the state. and not one penny of taxpayer money went to him or to star scientific during our administration. not one penny. s
. it will be exactly what mr. williams handed forward. there is no differentiation between what he has provided you and what we have provided you. what he cited in the reference has nothing to do based on public health and safety. >> why did you leave it out? >> i was limited to 3 pages, double space. >> you could have left dots there. >> my apologies. i hope you will take a closer look at it. >> i will take that. thanks. >> thank you very much. >> so at the december 11th hearing, one of the actions was to remove to begin the process to remove to top floor of the project. unfortunately the findings before you today and the issue i'm interested in today is that those findings are unacceptable and do not satisfy this code section. it deals with code and safety and different from planning code issues. what exactly did the public health and safety have to do with land use policies and land use issues? let's start with the public safety aspect. we have a building code. the building code is an extremely important part of san francisco. we want buildings to be safe. we don't want this em to fall down in
and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. i have apologized for my poor judgment and i accept full responsibility for accepting the these illegal gifts and loans. however, i repeat, again, emphatically, that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind for me or from my administration. >> joining me now, julian walker who covers state politics, he's been covering this story. julian, i'm a little curious as to what precisely the governor and his wife's contention is about the allegations here. because it seems that some of the facts stimula s stipulated complaint are agreed to by both the u.s. attorney's office and the governor. the gifts, the gifts they returned, the loans they took and repaid. and some to be contested. do you have a sense of what basically the governor and his wife admit to and what they contest? >> i think it's two things. i think, one, it's referenced i
, gabriel architect. i want to mention the reason for we are not agree for continuance, mr. williams client is miss wendy chang. we sent out for application on february 1st, to have the application meeting on february 16th. february 15th ms. wendy chang called and i talked to her. on february 16th, during the application meeting, miss judy lee came and represented randy chang. and we talked about one hour 1 hour one 1 hour at the site and i explained everything to her. and at the same time, she chose me to her son on the building next door. about 1 hour, the topic is going around the window next to us. so, she request me to talk to my client to see if we can do something to preserve those windows. so, on september, we delivered a set of plan with modification to lower the building to create a setback way from the window deliver to her office. since she is represented wendy chang and her son. we sent to her office and follow up call to her. after that, she did not respond to me until last week. mr. williams say, he represents ms. window wendy chang. he did not have enough time to prepare. th
watch. and the use of mr. williams ferrari. cameron fry is so jealous. last night responding to the indictment or the delusionally long list of stuff he thought he could get away with, the former governor was defiant. >> while i deeply regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these have been returned and repaid with interest. i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believe was his personal friendship and his generosity. >> joining me now is ryan grim and michael steel. ryan, let's start with this goody bag. i don't think a bag is big enough to fit everything governor mcdonnell got. the brazenness, the shamelessness of this behavior is breathtaking. in this day and age, i think it is hard to take away the american public's breath. on june 1st 2011, he purchased 6,000 shares of star scientific. she spoke glowingly of that company at a promotional event. did ethics never appear on their screen? >> ethics appeared because she knew at the end of year she had to make an ethics filing, so he reached
regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these have been returned or repaid with interest. i have apologized for my poor judgment and i accept full responsibility for accepting these legal gifts and loan. however, i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believe was his personal friendship and his generosity. i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or from my administration. >> the 43-page indictment includes a glimpse into the mcdonnell household and the financial pressures they faced. moron reached out to williams for help purchasing an inauguration dress. according to an e-mail, she became enraged at a staffer, "i need to talk to you about inaugural clothing budget. i need answers and bob is screaming about the thousands i'm charging up in credit card debt. we are broke." the mcdonnells are scheduled to be arraigned this friday and face a maximum of 30 years in prison. joining us, part of the team covering partthe indictment for "the wa
accepting these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal. >> also today, governor chris christie begins his second term. one concern republican leaders have, though, how the controversy surrounding the christie administration are hurting the republican party. now a former ally says christie should step down as a head of the republican governor's association. >> i think just from the perspective of setting aside this as an issue in other races, it makes sense for him to step aside in that role. he does not serve the goals of that organization by staying as chairman. that doesn't mean any of the parties otherwise, it doesn't matter. perception is reality. >>> plus, the one-two punch. the snow is going sideways. thousands of flights cancelled. now the deep freeze is here. how long will it last? well, first off for you, when virginia elected bob mcdonnell governor in 2009, a star was born. he was tapped to deliver the state of the union response to president obama just 11 day
did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believe was his personal friendship and his generosity. i never promised at mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or from my administration. >> the indictment includes the details of that long gift list, from designer dresses, golf clubs, iphones, a silver engraved rolex. it includes a shopping trip in new york for mrs. mcdonnell, where the former ceo of star scientific spent $11,000 on her out oscar de la ren that, $5,000 at louis vuitton. let me bring in our company, anna palmer, alex, political correspondent for the national journal. good morning. >> good morning. >> alex, you heard what the former governor said, he said he used poor judgment but didn't do anything illegal. now look, neither one of us is a lawyer, but is the question here the line between what's ethically wrong and what's legally wrong? >> yeah, i think that's right. even if these charges don't stick, even if he's acquitted, his career is over. this behavior is so unseemly. you can read the indictment
been done with regard to my relationship with mr. williams or his company, star scientific, to give any kind of special benefits to him or his company. >> reporter: tonight mcdonnell says he's done nothing wrong. >> i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange or the what i believe was his personal friendship and his generosity. >> reporter: but federal prosecutors say the governor and mrs. mcdonnell used the prestige of their positions to try to help the company. the mcdonnells appear in federal court later this week, and say they'll plead not guilty. pete williams, nbc news, washington. >>> we're back in a moment with the billion dollar challenge issued today by one of the richest men on the planet. >>> the white house announced today president obama will hold his first ever meeting with pope francis at the vatican. they'll discuss fighting poverty and income inequality. it's part of a european swing in late march that will also take the president to the netherlands and belgium. >>> bad news for wichita, kansas tonight, where they make learjets, among other things. the canadian
to address the govd code section 655985 that mr. williams mentions. mr. genius recited j 1 about health and safety. but those criteria do not apply here. section 65589.5 j says as you've heard and you see in front of you when a proposed housing development project complies with applicable objective general plan and zoning standards and criteria including design review standards and effect at the time. and then, if it complies, then other conditions may come to bear, but it does not comply. and your findings say it does not comply. if state law had planted all local authority to design and reduce housing projects except for the case of health and welfare, it would be front page news. the case that mr. genius referenced in southern california, this -- there were no findings made. i'm sure the attorney will direct the board on that new law if that in fact were the case. i hope that the board will be clear that those criteria that he listed about health and safety do not apply in this situation. thank you very much. >> hello, my name is barbara geshg. i'm a long time resident in san francis
from mr. williams, all of which have been repaid with interest and i have apologized for my poor judgment, for which i take full responsibility. however, i repeat emphatically, i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believed was his personal generosity and friendship. i never promised and mr. will m mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or my administration. we did not violate the law. joining me now to discuss this case, the host of on the record, greta van susteren. good evening. i have been looking over this detailed indictment. 14 counts. it seems pretty serious. >> well, you know, if i were the defense lawyer, i would feel sick in the pit of my stomach having read this. this is just one side, just the government's version, however it's very detailed in what they say the governor's wife did, which is accept a number of gifts. the gifts are quite extraordinary. whether it's lending a ferrari to the governor or a rolex watch or trips or designer dresses. there's a whole list of things. the governor says, w
legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of which have been repaid with interest. and have i apologized for my poor judgment for which i take full responsibility. however, i repeat emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believe is his personal generosity and friendship. i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or my administration. dana, this guy was in the elite of the republican party. give me a -- give me your kind of graph on the fall from where he was to where he are today. >> well, supposedly, the former governor is going to come out at 7:00 and tell us a little more in his own words. i think he seemed to, as is often in these cases, seemed to be impressed with his own invincibility. he believed his own press. and that's often what happens in these cases. you feel you can get away with anything. you know, a little $15,000 for the daughter's wedding here, a rolex watch here. none of it amounted to anything huge in his mind, one presumes. and it is true that in the
the structure removed thank you very much >> thank you, mr. williams. is there any more any public comment? before i close. ma'am, secretary i believe i see none >> okay. >> is it true city attorney is it okay to talk about the aspect of the safety and give direction to the department our wishes is that a separate item to be discussed. george from the city attorney's office. i think the commissioner can express desires about how the site will be best protected but it's the directors jurisdiction to address the situation and how fast >> commissioner walker wants to weigh in. >> i think as i said the securing the site and safety is what all of our priorities are. i want to applaud the director for handling this so far and i have full confidence you'll do the right thing on this property. it's your call. the commission is concerned about this as you've heard. i heard from a lot of folks i respect i worked on seismic issues in the department and i think that the neighbors and everyone that's heard about this deserves to have confidence it won't get worse and it's secure so - >> commission
and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or from my administration. >> reporter: federal prosecutors shambling dodge and his wife -- say mcdonnell afternoon his wife received gifts and loans from one person, johnny william, a former ceo of star scientific, a manufacturer of dietary supplements. the money started to flow soon after 2009. according to an indictment, williams gave him and his wife free nights on his private jet, and shopping sprees worth tens of millions of dollars. williams even paid for the combat at thing at the governor's daughter's -- for the catering at the governor's daughter's wedding. in exchange, the indictment says the first couple performed on an an as-needed basis to obtain studies for star scientific projects. it wasn't that long ago that mcdonnell was considered a rising republican star, and possible candidate in 2016 for president. >> governor mcdonnell and his wife are scheduled to make their first appearance in federal court in richmond this friday. >>> virginia attorney general is congratulateing jennif
, thank you very much. [applause] >> if you could, maybe indulge us -- a colleague of mr. williams recommended that, justice, you might enjoy the opportunity in this situation to ask mr. williams a question. >> [laughter] i hope when you can do is use your influence. can you keep the professional journalists at work in the supreme court? >> i certainly hope so. as one, i would like to continue doing it. the news media is changing rapidly. where people get their information is changing so fast. i learned the other day, we have a website, nbcnews.com. most people find stories on that website not by going to it, but i what is passed along to them by their friends in social media, or what they find in a blog. what we find more and more is our audience is not coming to us, we have to go to our audience. those of you in this room, you probably do not watch television or read a newspaper as much as justice breyer and i did when we were growing up. the news media are changing because of that. what we cover, government, the supreme court, is till tremendously important, still an enormous am
or mr. williams, exin change for what i believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or my from my administration. >> joining us, our political panel, the hill's a.b. stoddard. political director rick klein and before we get to the governor. middle of the show during the first part of the show we had to evacuate the set, shepard smith had to take over. nice to see you outside in the lobby. >> luckily no fire. >> rick klein's second time this has happened as a guest over here at fox. aside from that, we are all back. let me start with you a.b., governor mcdonnell? >> it's a remarkable story. if you read the indictment and you learn just what hoists and decisions the governor and his wife made, even if they perceived it, they never received anything illegal or did anything illegal on behalf of johnny williams ahead of scientific it all beginsen othe first page when you learn that the governor actually requested the use of johnny williams' private plane without ever having
donald said he did nothing illegal. >> i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me or from my administration. no contract, loan, grant, funding, legislation, budget appropriation, regulation, border commission assignment or any other official state benefit. and not one penny of taxpayer money went to hip or to star scientific during our administration. not one penny. >> mcdonnell said they're guilty of unjust overreach. >>> this morning, chris christie is getting new advice about his future from a republican bigwig who says maybe it's time for the governor to step back from his national ambitions. ken cuccinelli tells cnn's "cross fire" he thinks christie should give up his role as chairman of the republican committee and focus on fixing his reputation at home. >> i think just from the perspective of setting this aside in other races, it makes sense for him to step aside in that role. he does not serve the goals of that information by staying as chairman. every governor does better by setting everything else aside. if the goal
for mr. williams, in exchange for what i believe was personal friendship and generosity. >> all right. prosecutors say mcdonald's wife asked williams to take her on a shopping spree in new york three years ago. he spent almost $20,000 buying her designer dresses. the government says she also asked him for a $50,000 loan. and to pay $15,000 to cover catering at her daughter's wedding. the charges say the former governor persuaded williams to make a $50,000 loan to a business he co-owned. prosecutors say that's on top of golf outings, vacations and personally inscribed rolex watch. virginia lawmakers, well, they are speaking out. >> i'm certainly believing in the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. it is a sad day for the commonwealth. >> this is not a corrupt man. this is a good man. i'm not a lawyer. i just really have my doubts as to the strength of the federal case. >> the mcdonalds are expected to enter a not guilty plea in court later this week. if convicted, they could face prison time and hefty fines. >>> it was supposed to be a day of celebration for governor chris ch
, i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. i never promised and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind for me or from my administration. >> mcdonnell left office when his term ended earlier this month. he was succeeded by democrat terry mcauliffe. back to chris matthews and "hardball" after this. opened some credit cards in her name. checking her experian credit report and score allowed her to better address the issue...and move right in. experian. [ male announcer ] to truck guys, the truck is everything. and when you put them in charge of making an unbeatable truck, good things happen. this is the ram 1500. the 2014 motor trend truck of the year. ♪ and first ever back-to-back champion. guts. glory. ram. >>> welcome back to "hardball." new jersey governor chris christie even politically wounded could represent the republicans' best shot at electability in the 2016 presidential race. the headline of michael tomasky's daily beast
nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believe was his personal friendship and his generosity. i will use every available resource and advocate that i have for as long as it takes to fight and prevail against these false allegations and the unjust overreach of the federal government. there's no way for me to fully convey how much i appreciate the ongoing steadfast support and encouragement that i have received over the many months, including today, from family, from friends, and from people who i have worked with for 37 years in public life. so i thank them tonight, in giving me the support during the most difficult and unexpected ordeal of my life. my family and i are most grateful. >> if these charges are proven, governor bob mcdonnell is looking potentially at decades in prison and more than $1 million in fines. but, just one last note here on the perspective. bob mcdonnell was inaugurated governor of virginia four years ago this month. the two american governors who were first inaugurated four years ago this month, the only two governors who were first elected i
. at a conference, mcdonnell said he did nothing illegal. >> i never promised, and mr. williams and his company never received any government benefit of any kind from me, or from my administration. no contract, loan, grant, funding, legislation, budget appropriation. regulation, border commission assignment, or any other official state benefit. and not one penny of taxpayer money went to him or to star scientific during our administration. not one penny. >> mcdonnell claims prosecutors are guilty of what he called unjust overreach. he said he will be vicinity indicated at trial. >>> this morning, chris christie is getting new advice about his future from a republican bigwig who says maybe it's time for the new jersey governor to step back a little bit from his national ambition. a former attorney general and gubernatorial candidate ken cuccinelli tells cnn's "cross fire" he thinks christie to give up his role as chairman of the republican governor committee and focus on home. >> i think just from the perspective of setting this aside an issue in other races, it makes sense for him to step aside
but he said he broke no law. >> while i deemly regret accept can these gifts or loans from mr. williams, all of them have been returned or paid with full interest. i apologized for my responsibility in accepting these legal gifts and loans. i repeat emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams for what i believed was his personal friendship and generosity. reporter: the couple have five children. he faces multiple counts that if convicted could carry 20 years in prison apiece for he and his wife and fines of $1 million. martha: did the obama administration go after a credit rating agency because they gave the united states a downgrade? that's the claim in response to a federal lawsuit. the chair of the parent company says an age have i timothy geithner then the treasury secretary called them after the company downgraded u.s. debt, warning that such an action would be met with quota response. two years later the government sued s & p for fraud surrounding the financial crisis. stuart varney joins me now. this is a serious claim. >> reporter: this is a claim that the governmen
regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. i have apologized for my poor judgment, and i accept full responsibility for accepting these legal gifts and loans. however, i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal. >> meantime, in new jersey, chris christie was sporn into office yesterday amid a state investigation of lane closures at the george washington bridge and new questions about the use of aid money from superstorm sandy. last night, interestingly enough, former virginia attorney general ken cuccinelli called for christie to resign as head of the republican governors' association. >> i think just from the perspective of setting aside this as an issue in other races, it makes sense for him to step aside in that role. he does not serve the goals of that organization by staying as chairman. and that doesn't mean any of the charges, political or otherwise, are substantiative or not, it doesn't matter. perception is reality. >> let's dig deeper into the bob mcdonnell indictment. we bring in
as a way to curry favor. >> i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange what i believed was his personal friendship and generosity. >> prosecutors say mcdonald's kwief asked williams to take her on a shopping spree in new york. he spent $20,000 buying her designer dresses. she asked for a $50,000 loan and $15,000 to cover catering at her daughter's wedding. the charges say the former governor persuaded williams to make a $50,000 loan to a business coown on top of golf outings, vacations and a personally inscribed rolex watch. virginia lawmakers are speaking out. >> i certainly believe in the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. it's a sad day for the common weather. >> this is a good man. >> i'm not a lawyer, but i just have doubts as the strength of the federal case. >> the mcdonnells are expected to enter a not guilty plea. they could face prison time and hefty fines. >> let's take you to new jersey. it was supposed to be a day of celebration for chris christie. polling suggesting the scandals are taking their toll. the americans are equally divided on whether he'd ma
wrongfully attacked. i repeat again emphatically that i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believed was his personal friendship and his generosity. >> reporter: the 43-page indictment tracks in painstaking detail the relationship between the mcdonnells and johnnie williams, the former ceo of star scientific. prosecutors say by 2011, the first family had received more than $135,000 in gifts and loans from the businessman. in return, prosecutors alleged mcdonnell tried to promote a star scientific supplement. this was the e-mail just before mcdonnell's inauguration from maureen to williams. "i need to talk to you about inaugural clothing budget. i need answers and bob is screaming about the thousands i'm charging in credit card debt. we are broke." soon after the indictment reports there was a new york city shopping spree for the first lady. prosecutors write jw paid for the entire shopping trip at oscar de la renta, at louis vuitton, at bergdorf bergman. a rolex watch and rounds of golf for him and his sons. e-mails that read thanks so much for all your help with
been wrongfully attacked. while i deeply regret accepting these legal gifts and loans from mr. williams, all of these now have been returned or repaid with interest. >> prosecutors say the mcdonnells worked to lend the prestige of the governor's office to help jonnie williams' struggling firm which sold dietary is up mentales. mcdonnell is the first -- supplements. mcdonnell is the first virginia governor ever to face criminal charges. the state legislature should move to close any of the gray areas that helped lead to this 14 count indictment some say. >> we do need to insure that there's more transparency and a clearer set of rules for all virginia elected officials. >> while mcdonnell insisted he did nothing wrong, prosecutors say the governor attended events for jonnie williams on his behalf, provided access to top state officials and allowed the state mansion to be used for a launch party for williams' company. they also accused virginia's first lady of lying to investigators. >>> democrat jennifer wexton won today's special election for virginia's 33rd senate district. it includes
apologized for my poor judgment that i take full responsibility, but i say that i did nothing illegal with mr. william s f williams for what i believed was personal generosity, and friendship. scott macfarlane, news4. >>> and we are also following a story of a shooting at purdue university. we will tell you about that threat. >>> and our live winter storm coverage would not p be complete without pat collins aped the snowstick. pat? >> well, i have animals wearing people hats. and i have people wearing animal hats, and what is going on out here? well, there's a stick at stake. i'm pat collins and the story is coming up. news4. >> and finally getting to use the stick with officially over two inches at the airport, and biggest in a while. and the radar is showing that the snow continues to move through the region. i will be back to tell you how much more to expect and what to expect tomorrow morning. samsung and h.h. gregg are teaming up to get your home ready for the big game. get close to all the action and save 1500 dollars on samsung's ultra high definition 4k led tv. plus, samsung 60-inch l
. they accepted luxury gifts and loans from mr. williams. if convicted, they could face a statutory sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. mcdonnell's wife did nothing illegally and they will fight the charges. this is pretty serious stuff. how do you unpack this? >> this is a big story. nothing like this has ever happened in virginia. number two, he's in a heap of trouble. we're talking about $140,000-plus of gifts that they took or extorted from this businessman johnny williams, including a $15,000 shopping spree for mrs. mcdonnell in new york. a silver rolex from the governor. golf clubs, vacations. this was all allegedly to help this businessman johnny williams promote this sort of food supplement that the fda says is snake oil and has warned him about how he's selling the stuff. so this story has legs. this is a guy who was mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2016. that's over. that's way over. >> he was also when president obama was first elected and gave his first speech, i believe his state of the union, it was this gentleman from virginia, the newly elected g
regret accepting legal gifts and loans from mr. williams all of which have been paid with interest and repeats i did nothing illegal for mr. williams in exchange for what i believe was his personal generosity and friendship. this indictment has been expected for a long time. i can tell you the acting u.s. attorney in this case is a tough one, dana boente in on a number of cases including prosecution of former new orleans representative william jefferson. a big problem for him because there is always the question which has been raised so many times of willful blindness, knowing about a thing but turning the other way. so as this case progresses that will be sure to come up. >> certainly joe jones reporting disturbing information. >>> now the republican national committee weighing a new push against abortion. comes as tens of thousands of protesters opposed to abortion rights for women are gathering here in the nation's capitol for the annual march on the u.s. supreme court. explain, tom, to our viewers. >> these protesters may create the biggest noise as they march tomorrow but the
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